I, of course, don't see color . . .
June 15, 2010 8:33 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone point me to some samples of diversity statements, specifically ones to be written for a potential employer?

I have a job interview on Friday, and one of the things they asked me to do is to bring in a diversity statement. I’ve never had to write one of these before, and the google only shows me statements written for grad school and law school applications. Would one written for employment be significantly different than one written for grad school? This is for a staff position at a university if that makes a difference (it probably does).

Any formatting and content suggestions would be very appreciated.
posted by Think_Long to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You can find some with this google phrase: corporate diversity statements

The first ones that show up:
Smithfield Foods
posted by Houstonian at 8:42 AM on June 15, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks Houstonian. I read through a few of the corporate statements earlier, but I think I need to write something about myself and my own experience with diversity, so I'm not sure if those will work.
posted by Think_Long at 8:52 AM on June 15, 2010

Well, for one thing, you actually do want to see color - that's the point of a diversity statement. It should describe how working with people of different backgrounds, color, cultures, and experiences improves your work.
posted by RajahKing at 9:15 AM on June 15, 2010

Response by poster: Oh yeah, sorry about the title - it's kind of a joke in America, people who claim to be so unracist that they will deny the existence of race, and therefore they deny the necessity of any diversity/affirmative action programs. Please disregard the title, I am aware of the need for these types of statements and my experience with diversity, I just want to know if there's a formal way I should do this.
posted by Think_Long at 9:27 AM on June 15, 2010

Response by poster: Hey - got the job anyhow, so I guess whatever I did seemed to work okay. Thanks for the help all.
posted by Think_Long at 12:27 PM on July 22, 2010

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